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Conference Looks at Role of Religion in Campaign 2012

Washington, DC
Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Poynter Institute, a non-profit journalism school located in St. Petersburg, Florida, is hosting a day-long discussion today in Washington about the role of religion and faith in the current election cycle.

Here's a look at the day's schedule as provided by the event host:

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Does Religion Matter to Voters?  When and why?  New survey information from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Pew Center on the People and the Press.  Alan Cooperman, Associate Director, Research, Pew Forum


10:00-11:00 a.m.

How Have Religion and Politics Been Covered in 2008 and So Far in 2011? Content analysis.  Amy Mitchell, Deputy Director, Project for Excellence in Journalism


11-00-11:15 a.m.



11:15-12:15 p.m.

Are Mormons and Evangelicals Especially Subject to stereotypical, out-of-context reporting?  John C. Green, a Pew Forum fellow and professor of political science at the University of Akron, and a specialist in studying evangelicals; Michael Otterson, Managing Director of Public Affairs for The Church of Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and a contributor to “On Faith”


12:15-1:00 p.m.

Lunch provided


1:00-2:15 p.m.

Best practices and pitfalls in reporting on religion and an individual’s faith.  Led by Kelly McBride, Poynter Senior Faculty, Ethics, Reporting and Writing


2:15-2:30 p.m.



2:30-3:45 p.m.

Discussion.  Among suggested topics – Religion coverage and presidential races, past present and future – looking beyond 2012.  What if a Jewish person, Muslim or an atheist runs?  Are the rules for local races the same or different?  Religion coverage in the digital era – is it becoming a vertical (i.e. detailed coverage is available to those most interested who seek it out).   If so, what should non-believers understand about the faithful – and vice versa?



Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 4:10pm (ET)

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